August 28: The Distribution of Talent

A bricklayer whose brother happened to be a gifted and famous violinist once found himself in a conversation with the head of the construction company for which he worked.

“It must be great to have such a renowned man for a brother,” the executive said.  And then, anxious not to offend his worker’s pride, he added, “Of course, we must accept the fact that talent isn’t evenly distributed—even in the same family.”

“That’s the truth,” replied the bricklayer.  “Why, my brother doesn’t know the first thing about bricklaying.  It’s a good thing he can afford to pay others to build his house for him.”

It’s not vanity to recognize our own place in life and our fitness for it.  Instead of wasting our time envying other people’s talents, we should devote ourselves to the productive use of our own abilities.  God intends each of us to have a specific job—and He gives us the right tools.

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for

the Lord.  (Colossians 3:23)

Envy and jealousy are a waste of time, Father.  Help me

develop my personal talents, and encourage others to

pursue theirs.


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